The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warriors Fund

As a tribute to the brave men and women that serve Canada, Julian has recorded a special song entitled "The Red & White Brigade". This song is only available through his website as an instant download with all proceeds going directly to The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warriors Fund.

On September 18, 2006, a suicide bombing near Kandahar City in Afghanistan killed four Canadian soldiers and wounded several others. One was 20-year old Mike McTeague who was rushed out of Afghanistan to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany where the most serious medical care can be given. Not expected to live, he was joined there by his family and Captain Wayne Johnston. An old family friend, Wayne had recruited Mike and now was assigned as the family’s “Assisting Officer” by the military. “The fund was started because we noticed in Germany that the troops had very little in the way of their own items,” says Captain Johnston. Having noticed that medical and support staff were digging into their own pockets to get the little things to ease the burden, the fund was born.

The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warriors Fund supports Canadian service persons wounded on operations, at the outset of the healing process. The fund aims to improve the general morale and welfare of the soldiers and their families by working through first-line caregivers, medical staff, chaplains and Assisting Officers.

The fund has five main streams of supporting wounded soldiers;
1. Wounded Warrior Packs (inset photo) are filled with quality of life items for the newly wounded and issued in Landstuhl, Germany;
2. Padre’s Contingency Fund covers out of pocket expenses for the newly wounded;
3. 3rd Party Program Support for existing and credible programs true to the mandate;
4. Fisher House Endowment for the charity that has welcomed Canadian families in Germany; and
5. Awareness of issues relating to the wounded